Top 5 Running Backs in Cincinnati Bengals Franchise History


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5. Archie Griffin

Another member of the trifecta of the circa-1980s squad and the only collegiate football player to be awarded two-Heisman trophies. Griffin would appear in 98 games, starting only nine as incumbent running back Pete Johnson would dominate the playing time along with Charles Alexander taking a good piece of the backfield duties. Archie had one seasonal-record top 10 with a 4.9 average yards per carry in 1979. Griffin is top 10 career-wise for games played (98), rushing attempts (691), and total rushing yards (2,808). As said prior (and will be said again), Griffin was the victim of a too-talented backfield where he could not shine individually. And with all due respect to Cedric Benson, I chose Griffin here. I feel like it was the right choice at number five.